Biesse, IWST launch advanced woodworking course

Biesse India celebrated its partnership with the Institute of Wood Science & Technology (IWST), Bengaluru, an institution that is under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in September 2018.

Ms StefaniaCostanza, Consul General of Italy; Mr Amar Joshi, Deputy Secretary General of IICCI; and Mr Surendra Kumar, Director of IWST; together with Biesse India team represented by Mr Sayeed Ahmed (CEO), Mr Stefano Bottene (Sales & Marketing Director) and Mr GianlucaDolciotti (Director), were some of the guests that took part in the celebration.

This collaboration, which can be traced back to 2009, has now culminated in the establishment of a Diploma course in advanced woodworking. The course will be conducted in the Advanced Woodworking Training Centre (AWTC) on the IWST campus.

The first semester of this 1-year diploma course commenced in July this year with a batch of 16 students, including some international students. This comprehensive programme has been designed to give relevant training to future operators, technicians and supervisors and equip them with skill sets, in line with industry requirements.

It also encourages participants to become successful entrepreneurs. The course is affiliated with the Furniture & Fittings Skill Council (FFSC) under the National Skill Development Corporation.

Well-known brands of the woodworking industry in India such as Pidilite (glues), Leitz (tooling), Rehau (edges) and others have participated in this programme by organising guest/expert lectures/workshops and by contributing their product samples.

Biesse, which set up operations in India in 2008, realised that the lack of skilled manpower could impede the huge potential for the development of woodworking industry in the country. In line with the Group’s vision, and as part its corporate social responsibility (CSR), it decided to promote vocational training and technical education in woodworking technologies and processes.

Biesse equipped AWTC with a Rover A 3.30 Pods & Rails CNC machine in 2009, on which more than 1,000 people have undergone short-term training.

In 2018, it equipped AWTC with Active Edge 60 semi-automatic edge banding machine and the Jade 240 automatic through-feed edge banding machine and the latest Rover K FT 1224 CNC machining centre with bSolid.

Biesse has signed a memorandum with IWST for a period of 5 years under which it affirms its commitment to provide the infrastructure – machines, systems, software, rejuvenating and maintain existing equipment and finance to sustain the project.

Advanced diploma

The 1-year course is offered in two semesters with intake in the month of June and is conducted at the AWTC in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. A maximum of 30 candidates are allowed in each batch.

AWTC also offers three short-term courses of 2-4 weeks’ duration, to impart basic woodworking skills to participants.

Candidates who are 18 years of age or older, and have passed the pre-university course or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (Class XII) or equivalent from a recognised educational board are eligible to apply.

The course, which has a 60% practical & 40% theory and classwork content, begins with a solid foundation in materials and engineering fundamentals. The first semester focuses on manufacturing aspects with emphasis on conventional woodworking, machines, systems and finishing processes.

The second semester focuses on joinery and assembly aspects with hands-on training exclusively on bSolid 3D CAD-CAM software and application software bNest and bCabinet, culminating with exhaustive project work or industrial attachment.




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